The Grammy-winning R&B group TLC, together with SWV and Dru Hill will be heading to South Africa in September for a 3-city tour in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town respectively.
Brought to you by Glen21 Entertainment, the SOUL FEST 2018 is scheduled to take place:
JOHANNESBURG (Ticket Pro Dome) – Saturday, 01 September 2018
DURBAN (Jonsson Kings Park (Outer fields)) Sunday, 02 September 2018
CAPE TOWN (Grand Arena, Grand West) Tuesday, 04 September 2018
Tickets are now available via ticketpros.co.za ranging from R490.00 to R1 500.00
The trio SWV (Sisters With Voices) was formed in New York 1990 by Cheryl “Coko” Gamble-Clemons, Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George, and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons. They boasted a string of hits and became one of the most popular R&B of the 1990’s.
Their first single, “Right Here”, was released in the autumn of 1992. It peaked at #13 on the R&B chart, but the hit follow-up single, “I’m So Into You”, is what caused them to become a commercial force among urban fans. The two singles were followed by the biggest hits of their career, “Weak” and “Right Here/Human Nature.” “Weak” became their only single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart where it stayed for 2 weeks while “Right Here (Human Nature)” peaked at #2. The fifth single, “You’re Always on My Mind” was another top ten R&B hit. In December 1993 the group was honoured with 11 Billboard Music Award nominations.
Following their third album, Release Some Tension in 1997, SWV disbanded. Lead singer Coko launched a solo career in 1999 with her album, Hot Coko.
SWV briefly reunited in 2005, and after occasional appearances together over the next few years, Coko, Taj, and Lelee released their fourth studio album, I Missed Us, in 2012, It debuted at number six on the Billboard R&B chart and earned a Grammy nomination: Best Traditional R&B Performance for “If Only You Knew.” SWV also starred for two seasons in 2014 in their SWV Reunited reality series on WE tv.
TLC came together after Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas joined Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in 1991.
Under the management and direction of singer/songwriter/producer Perri “Pebbles” Reid, the sassy young trio was signed to LaFace Records, the Atlanta-based label co-founded by Pebbles’ then-husband (and future Arista President) L.A. Reid.
Ever since the 1993 release of “Oooooh… On The TLC Tip,” their quadruple platinum debut album, TLC has been raising the musical temperature with each successive project. The Atlanta-based trio’s first album, an exciting blend of rap, hip-hop and R&B, spawned three Top 10 hit singles, with the memorable “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” leading the pack, followed by “Baby Baby Baby” and “What About Your Friends.”
The group’s 1994 set “CrazySexyCool” provided Left Eye, T-Boz and Chilli with their unprecedented breakthrough into global fame and recognition. With eleven million sales, the album achieved platinum or gold status in eighteen countries including the U.K., Japan, Canada, Australia, The Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, New Zealand and Hong Kong, earning the group its first Grammy Award for “Best R&B Album.” The chart-topping double platinum single “Creep” nabbed the 1996 Grammy Award for “Best Performance By A Group Or Duo” while the second single, “Red Light Special” was a Top 5 platinum single. However, it was the lyrically thought-provoking “Waterfalls,” the third cut released as a single from “CrazySexyCool” that propelled TLC to a new level of success: the groundbreaking accompanying video won four MTV Video Music Awards in 1996 including “Best Video Of The Year,” “Best R&B Video,” “Best Group Video” and “Viewer’s Choice” honors and two Soul Train Music Awards (for Best R&B/Soul Or Rap Music Video and Best R&B/Soul Single). In the wake of the album’s amazing chart run, TLC was named “Artist Of The Year” by Billboard magazine, and a fourth single, “Diggin’ On You” was a Top 5 platinum best-seller.
ABOUT DRU HILL
High-school friends Larry “Jazz” Anthony, Mark “Sisqó” Andrews, Tamir “Nokio” Ruffin, and James “Woody Rock” Green formed Dru Hill in 1992, named in honour of their Baltimore neighbourhood, Druid Hill Park.
is known for producing several hit songs and paving the way for contemporary R&B artists. In total, they recorded seven Top 40 hits, including the No. 1’s “In My Bed,” “Never Make a Promise,” and “How Deep Is Your Love.” They enjoyed major success, but not without a few setbacks along the way.
The group was discovered while performing at a music industry convention. Their performance grabbed the attention of an Island Records exec who asked the group to record a cut of the song “Tell Me” which would appear in the film “Eddie.” Their performance was so impressive that their version replaced the original version sung by Blackstreet member Dave Hollister.
Dru Hill was signed to Island Records on the spot. “Tell Me” appears on the group’s 1996 self-titled debut album, which is certified platinum. The single became a Top 5 R&B hit and went gold.
After that, it seemed like the group couldn’t maintain their success and conflict ensued. Woody abruptly quit the group while they were filming the music video for “Wild Wild West.” In 1999, all four members embarked on solo careers. Sisqó had the most lucrative career. His album Unleash the Dragon contained the hit “Thong Song.”
They returned with Dru World Order in 2002. Woody was out of the group, and Scola had assumed his place. The album was a minor success, and their label dropped them in 2005.
Things started to look hopeful 2008, when all four original members reunited to tour with fellow R&B acts Tony! Toni! Toné! and Bell Biv Devoe, but it didn’t last long. During a radio interview to promote the tour, Woody unexpectedly announced that he was leaving the group again. The remaining three members held a contest to choose a replacement and chose Antwuan “Tao” Simpson. Scola left the group around the same time, although it’s unclear why.
The group returned again in 2010 with their fourth album, InDRUpendence Day. The making of the album also served as the subject of the reality show Platinum House.